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About ETBU

Meet Dr. Marissa Kay Penney Smith

"You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it." Matthew 21:22

Dr. Marissa Smith began serving at East Texas Baptist University in August of 2015. She currently serves as Associate Professor of Chemistry and as the Chair for the Department of Chemistry in the School of Natural and Social Sciences. Dr. Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry with minors in Biology and Anthropology from Texas Tech University (2010) and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Baylor University (2015).  Dr. Smith teaches General Chemistry, Forensic Science, Instrumental Analysis, and other General Education science courses. Her main research interest is the synthesis of novel inorganic ligands and coordination compounds and the analysis of their structures. Dr. Smith's publications include: "Silver Coordination Complexes of 2-(diphenylphosphinomethyl)aminopyridine with Weakly Interacting Counterions (2015)," "Structure and luminescence of discrete and polymeric Ag(I) complexes formed by the multidentate pyridylphosphine (PPh2CH2)2N(3-CH2C5H4N). Polyhedron. 87: 43-45 (2015)," "Single, double, and triple silver centers bound by a tetradentate N,P ligand. Polyhedron. 85: 275-283 (2015)," and "X-ray crystal structures of the silver complexes of 3-pyridyldiphenylphosphinite and its hydrolysis product (2012)." She is a member of the American Chemical Society and the faculty sponsor of ETBU's Chemistry Club. Dr. Smith is passionate about teaching her students to appreciate science as an aspect of their everyday life and enjoys the opportunity to be able to invest in them on an individual basis.